Obituaries for Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

• Takashi Matsumoto • Charles Kenji Kawakam

Takashi Matsumoto

Takashi Matsumoto passed away at the age of 94 on Dec. 3, 2016, at Kaua’i Veteran’s Memorial Hospital. Born on June 13, 1922, in Waimea, he was an U.S. Army Veteran and a Supply Specialist for PMRF.

He is precede in death by his wife, Fumie Matsumoto; sons, Bert (Lyndal Kennedy) Matsumoto of Lake Stevens, Washington, and Dean (Norma Aguiran) Matsumoto of Kalaheo, Hawai’i; daughters, Laura (Jason) Sakai of Mililani, Hawai’i, and Candice (Dickie) Shimoko of Honolulu, Hawai’i; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Private Services.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.

Charles Kenji Kawakami

Charles Kenji Kawakami of Lihue, Hawaii passed away at the age of 75 on Dec. 3, 2016, at his residence. Born on Oct. 22, 1941, in Waimea, Kauai, he was the President of Big Save and Menehune Food Mart Inc., a Veteran of the U.S. Army, and a former UH Regent and Chairman of the Hawai’i Food Industry Association.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Arlene Kashima Kawakami; father, H. S. Kawakami; mother, Tomo Nogami; brothers, George Kawakami, Edward Kawakami, and “Former Speaker of the State House of Representatives” Richard Kawakami; and sister, Emily Kawakami.

Charles is survived by his sons, Craig (Renee) Kawakami of Kaua’i, Douglas Kawakami of Kaua’i, and Derek (Monica) Kawakami of Kaua’i; dogs, Renoir and Bonchance; grandchildren, Chanel, Mari, Chase, Christopher, and Hailee Kawakami; great-grandchild, Niko Kawakami-Frias; sisters, Gertrude Toma, and Edith Tan; and numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Celebration of His Life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 , 2016, at the Lihue Christian Church. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. with services to follow.

Aloha attire is suggested and flowers are welcomed.

Arrangements were handled by Garden Island Mortuary, Ltd.


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